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Thursday, May 31, 2012

No Sweat! A Girls Guide to Summertime Makeup

Ahhh, summertime!!  What's a girl to do to stay pretty & fresh on those hot summer days?  Making your makeup last in the heat takes very little effort if you have the right products. Here are some tricks & tip to help you look hot..ummm, when it's hot!

First rule:  Do not pile on the makeup!

A fresh summer look should not be caked on & chalky.  A dewy, sun-kissed look is the way to go.  You can still get coverage without looking like your have Spackle on your face.

A few choices in the foundation department:

TINTED MOISTURIZER:

Foundation is OUT for summer.  Tinted moisturizer gives you sheer coverage and even tone without looking like a cakey mess.  You can always use a bit of concealer for extra coverage.  



Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer is lightweight, paraben free, SPF 30 and feels like heaven on your skin. Available in 6 shades.







Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer is ultra-light, oil free and provides SPF 20.  Comes in 8 great shades too!












BRONZER:

What girl doesn't want that sun-kissed look?  Now, I'm not talking Snooki...I'm talking a light, bronze glow that is healthy..not Ooompa-Loompa! Be careful with bronzers that have sparkle or glitter in them.  You don't want to look like a disco ball when the sun hit you!  Powered bronzer also comes in different shades. It is NOT a one color looks great all all type of deal.  You want to choose one that is complimentary to your skin color and not one that is 5 shades darker (need I mention Snooki again?)


Clinque Bronzing Gel for MEN, (yes Men) has been a staple in my makeup kit for years.  I like the mens version for 2 reasons:  It is super light in consistency (I blend it with my moisturizer before applying) and it is cheaper than the women's gel that the carry. Water based & not a hint of shimmer...just bronze!  Love this!






MAC MATTE Bronzing Power is another go-to for me in the summer.  A sheer, MATTE powder that gives that just-off-the-beach look with, again, NO SPARKLE. Apply lightly to cheeks, chin, nose & forehead...and don't forget your neck!



HIGHLIGHTER:

Having that "glow" is big right now.  But it can go wrong in so many ways, you have to be careful.  What you are trying to achieve is a highlight on specific areas to accentuate your face.  You do not want to use highlighter all over.  It needs to be strategically placed.  See below.




Benefit's Watt's Up! (see what they did there?)
is one of my obsessions right now.  A glow-stick for cheekbones, cupids bow and anything you need to stand out!  Double ended with a flocked tip to blend seamlessly!


















MASCARA:

Raccoon-eyes be gone!  I have tried every mascara know to man and as you all know, it is trial and error when it comes to waterproof mascara.  They all promise no "smudging, fading & running" but that is not always the case. Here are two of my faves:


Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume has the really black pigment (I use Very Black) that I love and does not move all day!  Love the wand that separates & defines without clumping.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash rocks!  Black, dramatic & stays put! That's what you are looking for!



Now, they do sell numerous kinds of waterproof eyeliner & shadow.  Personally, I think it is a bit much to be wearing either of those for a day in the sun or at the pool/beach.  Keep it simple & pretty.


LIP GLOSS:

I love glossy lips. (much to the chagrin of my husband)  You want to stay away from those "long-lasting" or all day wear glosses.  I have tried many many of them.  (You look like an old lady with scraggly, wrinkled lips..yuck!)  Just re-apply as needed to keep your lips glossy & kissable.


Love some of these nude shades:

Victoria's Secret Lip Gloss in LOVER!  Perfect nude.  Love this!
Bare Escentuals BUXOM Lip Polish in SUGAR.  I love the hint of minty-coffee this lip gloss has.  A bit of pink with shimmer.

BeneFit Benetint Lip Balm.  Their flagship product adds a hint of color and and SPF of 15 to protect.  It also doubles as cheek color.  Just dab on your apples for a quick pick-me-up.

Hope you stay cool & looking hot this summer.  Let me know your favorite tips, products or tricks for when it's hot out there.  Enjoy the heat & stay pretty, my friends!


And remember.......













Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Like" a Virgin?

It's funny what motivates me to write.  I was watching a piece on Real Sports about Olympic hopeful, LoLo Jones.  The story didn't focus on her hard work & dedication to running or her attempt to make the US Team for the 2012 Olympics in London.  It was about the fact that she is a virgin.  Let me say that again.. SHE IS A VIRGIN! Beautiful, 29 years old & never been..well, you know.

Apparently, when you declare your self a virgin, the world goes into frenzy.  Now, she started all this hype herself with random Tweets about how guys bolt when the find out she doesn't "finish the race." Big surprise there.  This woman is gorgeous, talented & ripped. (<-- you really should click on this link, wow) She was quoted saying she wants to save her virginity "as a gift, to give to her husband."  Sweet, isn't it?

Stories about abstinence intrigue me.  I know that there has been talk about pacts being made by kids in High School to say no, Jessica Simpson saved herself for her now ex-husband, Nick Lachey (that didn't go as planned I guess) and of course, the poster boy of pious, Tim Tebow.  I admire people who are so dedicated to their beliefs.  That must take some really strong will & dedication. I must be of weak moral fiber.  I can't even commit to an exercise regimine.  Maybe I should start going back to church?

In this day of sex-everywhere, taking a stand and saying "No" is something to be commended. However, before I start handing out virgin of the year trophies, there are a few things that I need cleared up about the abstinence thing. First off, is it just a hard (sorry for the pun) NO for the intercourse part? Can you do other stuff? Does hide the tip count?  Or is is just holding hands & kissing.  I mean you can be a virgin & still be slutty, right?  If someone say, pleasures the entire football team in "other ways," does that count?  Is it above the waist only?  Don't laugh..these are very important questions.

The definition of Abstinence is:

ab·sti·nence(bst-nns)n.
The act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite or desire, especially for alcoholic drink or sexual intercourse.

OK...so abstinence is not just referring to the act itself, yet the desire & appetite for something as well.  So, I would interpret that as it is not only the actual intercourse part, but everything that leads up to that as well, is off limits.  WOW!  That must be really hard! (lol, made myself laugh again)

Do you think Tim Tebow has gone to 2nd base?  Come on, he must have, right?  I guess it depends on what he considers "abstinence."  I mean, you cannot live your life saying "I'm waiting till I'm married" if your definition is loosely based on the actual one. If you practice abstinence, is your ideal match someone else who is holding out as well?  Can you imagine that wedding night?

 So, now that I have worked this out while typing, maybe I shouldn't be THAT impressed with abstinence? If you can round the bases & the 3rd base ump holds you up from scoring, it's still a triple right? 

For the record, I did NOT wait till I was married. I did, however, wait to have my first time with someone I "loved."  Ah, the memories of awkwardness & sex.  Those were the days.  I personally think people should wait to have sex.  I mean, did we really know what we were doing?  Think of all the wasted time on bad sex, fumbling around with no "big finish." I think it takes women a while to realizes that sex is supposed to be pleasurable for us too!  (SMH, oh the wasted time)

Are any of you out there reading this virgins?  I'd like to meet a modern-day virgin, up close.  I would like to understand how, in a world of total sex, you can hold out.  Now that would be a great interview!  Call me, virgins!  The lines are now open!